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Blueberry Yum Yum

So due to the responses to the poll I have decided to occasionally write about fitness and working out, try to include more vegetarian and vegan recipes, and perhaps divulge a bit more fun, personal information. There was also 1 request for me to divulge a recipe for “cooked outer labia.” I am afraid that I happen to be non-cannibarian, so I will not be cooking up any vag. Sorry.

I wish I had some exciting news, but I will have my face in a book until my finals are over, which will be next Thursday. Ochem and Physics are Monday, so Ill basically be checked out after that ;). I also just want to put a word out to the families who lost a loved one due to the Gaza aid flotilla raid. When a loved one goes off to war, the risk is obvious and acknowledged, at least internally. But when someone decides to get into humanitarian aid, the risk of death seems more distant. This affect is probably even more true for family members. :(

(insert awkward transition)

Merp. Well, I know I have said this before but, this was the best bowl of oats I have ever had.

Recipe: Serves 1

In a tall bowl, combine 1/2 cup oats, a little under 3/4 cup milk, and 1/4 cup water. Add 1 tsp heavy whipping cream. Microwave for 2 minutes.

Mix in a shake of cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp egg whites and 1/2 cup blueberries. Microwave for 1 more minute.

Top with a drizzle of maple agave syrup and a heaping spoonful of macadamia nut butter. Garnish with extra berries. ENJOYYYYY!

Benefits:

Blueberries * have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all fruits and veggies. Their anthocyanidins counteract free radicals, which damage cells and tissues. One study demonstrated that blueberries improve memory and learning capacity in aging animals. They also protect against all forms of cancer, especially colon and ovarian cancer.

Oats * are complex carbohydrates, meaning they will not spike your blood sugar and are slow to digest.

Macadamia nuts * a good source of monounsaturated fats and contain B vitamins and calcium!

Vegan Vanilla Almond Pumpkin Pudding

This was so delicious! I can’t even tell you! I actually prefer it in ice cream form, but I like alliteration, so I named it pudding. It is essentially a higher protein, non dairy ice cream or pudding.

Recipe: Serves 2

Blend the following until smooth, then freeze! For a pudding texture, remove from the freezer when its cold. For an ice cream texture, let it stay in the freezer for a couple hours! Its tough, I know.

1 package light silken tofu

1 tbsp honey (okay, I know this isn’t vegan, but to make it vegan simply sub agave nectar!)

1 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp brown sugar (or you can use stevia)

a little under 1/3 cup pumpkin

1 tbsp vanilla almond nut butter

1 heaping tsp vanilla extract

lots of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice

good pinch of guar gum and xanthan gum

After you have blended if for a while, taste it! You may like it sweeter or more nut buttery, so you can more of wahtever if you need to.

Options: For more of an almond flavor, add an extra tbsp of nut butter. You could also sub in chopped walnuts or pecans. Or shredded coconut flakes. Or dark chocolate shavings. Or all of the above.

Other options: This recipe also works well for fruity flavors. Simply remove the pumpkin and add 1/2 cup of your favorite frozen fruit. Strawberries, blackberries, bananas, and blueberries all work superbly.

Benefits:

Tofu * 1 package contains 20 grams of protein, calcium, and iron!

Pumpkin * tons of vitamin A and C and the antioxidant betacarotene!

Cinnamon * contains of antioxidants and has a blood sugar stabilizing effect

Homemade Salmon Burgers

Salmon burgers can be really expensive but these come in at only 1.50$ per serving! They have a crispy outside and are really good. You also get the benefit of squeezing in a serving of omega 3′s in burger form!

Recipe: Serves 1

In a bowl, mix together half a container of canned wild salmon, 1 egg white, and a tbsp or 2 of chopped red onion. Add salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste (optional).

Mash it until it is a somewhat homogenous mush. Take the mush into your hand and form a patty. Place onto a pan that has been sprayed with oil.

Cover with a plate and cook for a couple minutes. Remove plate and flip. Cook until light brown on each side.

To serve, put the patty on a whole wheat bun with ketchup, onions, tomatoes, aguacate, and salt. Enjoy!

Benefits:

Salmon * the Inuit people have a very low rate of heart disease yet they eat a diet that is full of fatty fish, this is because the fatty fish are full of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3′s protect against heart disease by lowering the body’s levels of LDL cholesterol!

Onion * have cancer fighting properties, possibly because they increase your body’s production of glutathione-s-transferase. Also contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants and phytochemicals!

Avocado * Has more potassium than banana and is basically pure monounsaturated fat (the good kind)!

Random Tip:

A bowl of cereal for breakfast usually doesn’t tide me over very well. I am hungry like an hour later. I think it might be because of the lack of protein and fat. So, in order to make a bowl of cereal into a viable breakfast, I smear a spoonful of nut butter on the bottom of the bowl before adding the milk and cereal. That way, every bite has a bit of nut buttery goodness. Not only does it take the taste up 1,000,000 levels, but it is way more satiating! A really good combo is Fiber One honey cluster cereal with Nuttzo and Kashi Vive with almond butter. Oh! And Cheerios with chocolate almond butter.

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